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Posted By Michelle Quinton 2nd January 2015

Conference Numbers

When dialing into a Conference Call you use various types of numbers, but what are these numbers?

01, 02 and now 03 These are essentially geographic numbers, although 03 does not relate to a specific location, they are charged as local rate prices and usually included in Landline price plans or mobile call bundles.

0843/0844, 0871/2/3

These are premium rate numbers, they often cost a lot of money, ranging from 5p to 40p a minute, depending on whether you are calling from a Landline or a mobile phone, these are the numbers you'll see on your "Free" Conference Call sites. They may not charge you a monthly fee or a set up charge but the phone bill associated is often quite a large one.

0800/0808 - Toll-free/Freephone These are free from all Landlines, including public phones but carry a charge of on average 20p per minute from mobile phones. This is set to change however, around mid 2015 when they will become free from mobile phones.

For a breakdown of all the numbers available in the UK and to see the average charges, check out Ofcom's Call Cost Guide